Among these, the Shakti Peethas at Kamkhya, Gaya and Ujjain are regarded as most sacred as they symbolize three most important aspects of mother Goddess viz. When observed carefully one can see that they lie in a perfect straight line from Kamakhya to Ujjain via Gaya symbolizing that every creation in this universe will annihilate one day without fail. The temple is located in Trimkomali, or Trincomalee on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
The place Trinconmalee means a triangular shaped hill Tri- cona- malee or malai. The temple is well connected by roads. There is also a Kali temple which people visit enroute to Shankari Devi temple.
This Shloka enumerates the list of places of Devi temples which are considered to be part of the 18 Devi Peethas. But almost nobody in Sri Lanka knew of any famous Devi Temple in the country. Even on Internet, not much authentic information was available. The temple is said to be in the famed town of Trincomalee on the eastern coast. The Temple of Sri Shankari Devi according to the priest's in Trincomalee, say that the Portuguese who invaded the island in the 17th century completely cannon balled from their ship and demolished the cliff top Devi temple.
In its site stands a lone pillar, as a mute spectator. The present Shiva temple which is quite well known locally than the Shankari Temple was a recent construction. There is a small Devi Shrine built adjacent the Shiva temple. The famed Bilva tree which is perched right on the edge of the hill some hundred meters above the Indian ocean. It is a exhilarating and spectacular sight to behold.
All round, silence reflects which is needed most in this war torn nation rightfully called as a paradise. There is also a more famous Kali temple in the heart of the town to which devotees can make a visit en-route from the Shankari Temple. But Shiva, used to living in Mount Kailash did not heed to her request. After several requests from Parvati, Lord Shiva finally relented and asked Vishwakarma to build a palace. Vishwakarma built a beautiful palace in Lanka Dweep for Parvati Devi.
Ravana was doing a rigorous penance to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. Ravana, a Brahmin by birth and master of all the four Vedas was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Pleased by his penance, Parvati Devi asked Ravana to perform the rituals associated with the Griha Pravesh of their palace. Parvati Devi was impressed with Ravana who did the Griha Pravesh rituals and wanted to bless him with a boon.
She asked Ravana to ask for a boon, and he asked for the Lanka palace. Parvati Devi, though saddened initially by the wish of Ravana granted the boon and gave away the palace as Dakshina. However, Ravana requested Parvati Devi to stay at the palace.
Parvati Devi agreed to stay at the palace as Shankari Devi with the condition that she would stay at the palace, as long as Ravana pays heed to her words. Another reference is that Lord Rama also visited Trikoneshwara temple to get rid of the Brahma hatya Dosham. Another reference is when Vayu, the Wind God and Adishesha, the serpent on which Lord Vishnu rests, had a bitter fight about their individual strengths. Vayu turned into a hurricane and attacked Mount Kailash.
All the gods and goddesses prayed to Lord Shiva to save them. Adishesha lifted his three hoods out of hoods to listen to Lord Shiva, during which time, Vayu blew over three peaks of Mount Kailash.
The third hill is known as Thirukkonamalai and it lies along the same longitude as Kailash. Another Puranic reference is that the asura, Kethu swallowed nectar during the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean in a fight between the asuras and devas. He attained immortality as he swallowed the nectar. Kethu came to Ketheeswaram, prayed to Lord Shiva and obtained Moksha.
Thus the place is known as Tiru Kethu esswaram. The Kailasanathar temple here is one of the grand Pallava monuments. The first three mentioned above are located in a manner as to suggest the Somaskanda manifestation of Shiva, Uma and Skanda in the town of Kanchi.
There are no shrines to Ambal, in any of the shrines to Shiva in Kanchi. Kamakshi is considered to be wholly present in Kanchipuram, as the only Ambal shrine. Legend has it that Kamakshi offered worship to a Shivalingam made out of sand, under a mango tree and gained Shiva's hand in marriage. The temple covers an area of about 5 acres, and the sanctum is crowned with a gold plated vimanam.
Kamakshi is enshrined in a seated posture in the sanctum - and is referred to as the Parabhrama Swarupini, seated with Bhrama Vishnu Rudra Eswara and Sadasiva. A Sri Chakram has been installed in front of the image and worship is offered to it. It is believed that Kamakshi was originally a Ugra Swaroopini, and that Aadi Sankaracharya, upon establishing the Sri Chakra, personified her as the Shanta Swaroopini see also Akhilandeswari at Tiruvanaikkaval.
It is believed that during the days of Adi Sankara, the presence of the Ugra Swaroopini was felt outside the temple precincts, and that Sankaracharya had requested her not to leave the temple complex. Symbolic of this, the festival image of Kamakshi, takes leave from Sankaracharya, at his shrine in the inner prakaram, each time she is taken out in procession.
The layout of the temple is rather complicated. The outer prakaram houses the temple tank, and several mandapams such as the pillared hall, the dwajaarohana mandapam etc. Imposing views of the golden vimanam can be had from the outer prakaram, which is pierced with four entrances on all four sides.
Images to Vishnu Ninraan, Irundaan, Kidandaan are seen near the temple tank. One enters the four pillared hall then the inner prakaram, and climbs a series of steps, and reaches the sanctum. Immediately surrounding the sanctum are small shrines to Ardhanareeswarar, Soundaryalakshmi, Kallar who has been mentioned in the hymns of Tirumangaialwar and Varaahi.
It is believed that Sankaracharya attained samadhi at Kanchipuram, although another school of thought holds that Kedarnath in the Himalayas is the site of his samadhi.
The Padmasana posture is said to resemble a lotus. In the Yogic practice this resembles the form of meditation. The Goddess holds a Sugarcane bow on her left upper arm and Lotus, Parrot in her right upper arm. The Goddess also has divine chakras called Pasa and Angusa in her arms. The Goddess also has a Chandraperai a shape of moon like structure in her forehead. The Goddess Kamakshi is situated in the middle of temple premises. History reveals that Goddess Kamakshi was praying under a mango tree with a Shiva lingam made of sand to marry the great Lord Shiva.
After a long duration of dedicated and devoted meditation to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva appeared before her and married the Goddess Kamakshi, a divine form of Parvati. There are no traditional Parvati or Shakti shrines in the city of Kanchipuram, apart from this temple, which adds even more legend to this temple. Four worship services are offered each day. The jewels adorning the image of the deity are of great beauty. The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Maasi.
The silver chariot festival falls on the 7th day. Nearest airport is at Chennai, 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Regular buses are available from Chennai to Kanchipuram.
State owned public transport buses connect Kanchipuram to many cities in and around Chennai. Best Time to Go: But as such there is no temple also. A story says that Sage Rishya Shringala has brought to her to shringeri in karnataka At present there is no temple in the place, a minar was built there by muslim invaders and at present the place is under the protection of Archaeological society of India, the door was locked and when we enquired the way inside we came to know that entry was banned into the temple the so called minar because of security reasons, but there were clear cut and significantly distinguishable features at the main door of the construction showing that it was once the main entrance of a Hindu temple probably of Shrinkhala Devi.
There were ruins of temple infront of minar. Another supportive evidence about the temple was obtained when we enquired local residents, Every year during magha maasa Around February a festival by name MELA TAALA of about 30 days duration is celebrated in the premises of the minar which is attended by local hindu and muslim communities in large numbers More than 1 lakh.
It is one of the important celebration of that place. Another interesting fact is that near to Pandua there is a temple of Hanseswari mata which is regarded as Shakti peetha. Taking into consideration all the above facts observed and collected it could be a possibility that it was the place where there was Shrinkhala devi temple. Regarding the story of Rushya srunga it is said that he was grown up by his father from his child hood without exposure to the external world away from everyone except his father himself in the forest.
This sage was pure at heart that he had a soul of an infant who does not get into the wordy joy. This made him a devotee of Shrinkhala devi. There is also a contest in great epic of hindus ''The Ramayana'' about this sage that he was the one who conducted the Putrakaameshti yaaga for king Dasaradha.
He requested this sage to conduct a yagna to get relief of very long famine which was relieved after the yagna. On the request of the king this sage married Santha devi and conducted the above metioned Yagna. After some time this great sage as was a great devotee of Shrinkhala devi brought her in the sense his mother to Sringeri and distributed the energy around the Srunga parvatha and there he constructed temples to the deity.
These places are also regarded as Shakti peethas. For this reason, came the name of this place - Mahishuru, the town of demon Mahisha. Hearing to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi, consort of Lord Siva , took birth as Chamundeshwari and killed the monster.
After killing the demon, the Goddess resided atop the Chamundi Hills, where she is worshiped with reverence and devotion. The goddess is also called Mahishasura Mardini meaning She who slew Mahishasura. The Chamundi temple has always been patronised by the rulers of Mysore. This gigantic Nandi is likely one of the largest within India, 16 ft. The magnificent pendent bells around its neckline are exquisite. Nandi as well as the temple beside it can be found at the th step of the Chamundi Hill.
Krishnaraja Wodeyar III repaired the holy place in and built the current attractive forty-meter and seven storied Gopura tower at the doorway with gold finials, and set up statues of his and his 3 queens. There are two other temples dedicated near to Chamundi temple, Lakshmi Narayana Swamy and Mahabaleswara temple.